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NRCA Finals held at Gillette’s Cam-Plex

TSLN photos by Aaron NelsonMichelle Alley of Whitewood, SD ties this goat in 6.5 seconds to win the Sunday performance en route to the average title. She also won the championship saddle and year-end buckle.

The Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA) held its finals in Gillette, WY, Nov. 27-29. Contestants from Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming competed in a possible 44 rodeos in 2009 to qualify for the finals.

The finals being held in Gillette at the Cam-Plex is a perfect fit since the NRCA was formed in Campbell County. Since it’s beginning in 1947, the NRCA has grown to nearly 500 members from the five state region.

The NRCA finals are a fast paced, go-for-broke rodeo due to it being a “sudden death” competition. By that definition, anyone having a hot streak can potentially win the finals. The top 12 competitors in the 10 events come in with a set number of points due to their placing in the standings. For example, the 1st place competitor comes in with 12 points and it goes on down to the 12th place competitor having one point. Each contestant is able to gather more points during the finals three go-arounds, and the one with the most points wins the finals championship and the saddle. This can be confusing when one just looks at the average and finals winners and isn’t aware of the points coming into the finals and the bearing they have on the outcome.

The top money winner at the end of the year and finals is the year-end champion and wins the buckle.

In the Barebacks, Travis Sharp of Interior, SD won the average and the finals saddle, with Weston Garrett of Belle Fourche, SD winning the year end buckle. All four of the bareback average placings were on three head of stock, with Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD placing second after winning Friday’s round and splitting 1/2/3 on Saturday; third was Weston Garrett, and fourth was Jake Smith of Whitewood, SD, who split 1/2/3 in Saturday’s performance. They were really charging the good stock, as there was only a five point difference in the four on three head.

The Barrel Racing average and saddle winner was Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who was first in both Saturday and Sunday performances and was the fast time buckle winner as well, with a sizzling 13.853 run. Year end champion buckle went to Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD. Second in the average was Jaymi Meeks of Belle Fourche, SD, who placed fourth on Friday, third on Saturday, and second on Sunday; third was Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD, who had a second place run on Friday night; and fourth was Joey Painter of Buffalo, SD, who tragically had her great barrel horse collapse and die after a great run at the finals.

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Bull Riding average and saddle winner was Ty Moncur of Belle Fourche, SD, the only guy to ride two out of three of the rank bulls. Year-end buckle winner was Thunder Boomer of Interior, SD, who also placed third in the average. Placing second in the average was Casey Cash of Gillette, WY, who had a first place ride on Sunday; and fourth was split between Garrett Vig of Newell, SD, who was third on Friday, and Keith Anderson of Belle Fourche, SD, who was second on Saturday.

Calf Roping average and saddle winner was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who placed in all three rounds with first on Friday, third on Saturday and first on Sunday. Year-end buckle winner was Justin Scofield of St. Lawrence, SD, who was first on Saturday and second on Sunday and second in the average. Third in the average was Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD, who was fourth on Sunday; fourth place was Troy Wilcox of Red Owl, SD, who was fourth on Friday.

Goat Tying was a clean sweep by Michelle Alley of Whitewood, SD, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle, and the average, with a third place run on Friday and a first on Sunday. Second place in the average was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, with a second on Saturday and a split for fourth on Sunday; Sarah Mullholland of Laramie, WY was third in the average with a fourth on Friday, while the fourth place in the average was split by Sunnie Reeves of Owanka, SD and Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who also had a first on Saturday.

Ladies Breakaway was dominated by Jacque Murray, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle. Fast-time buckle went to Misty McPherson of Piedmont, SD. First in the average was Kayla Nelson of Dickinson, ND, with a first on Saturday and a split for 2/3 on Sunday. Second in the average went to Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD with a second on Friday and 2/3 split on Saturday; third was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, who was first on Friday and first on Sunday; and fourth was Laura Hunt of Ridgeview, SD, who was fourth on Saturday and split 2/3 on Sunday.

The Saddle Broncs were rank with only two cowboys scoring on all three head. Winning the finals saddle and placing third in the average was Clay Schaeffer of Medora, ND who split 1/2 on Saturday and won first on Sunday. Winning the year-end buckle was Cole Hindman of Belvidere, SD, who also placed fourth in the average. Placing first in the average was Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD, who split 3/4 on Friday and placed second on Sunday; second was Travis Escott of Faith, SD placing third on Sunday. Kaden Deal of Dupree, SD won the Wild Ride and split ¾ on Friday.

Senior Men’s Breakaway finals saddle was won by Lowell Faris of Bowman, ND, who also won the average with a third place run on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Year-end buckle went to Steve Klein of Sioux Falls, SD, who won Sunday’s round. The fast-time buckle went to Marty Burress of Piedmont, SD. Second in the average was Bryce Sigman of Sturgis, SD who split 1/2 Saturday; third on two head was Chuck Nelson of Hartford, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Sunday; fourth on two head was Dick Halligan of Clearfield, SD with a fourth on Friday.

Steer Wrestling was swept by JB Lord of Piedmont, SD, who was the finals saddle winner, the year end buckle winner and won the average, with a first on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Fast-time buckle was won by Kody Woodward of Dupree, SD, who also was fourth in the average on two head, with a fourth on Saturday and a first on Sunday. Second in the average was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who had a third on Saturday; third was Jeremy Stadheim of Reeder, ND, who had a second on Saturday.

Team Roping has two ends to its story, and the finals saddle for header was won by Preston Billadeau of Parshall, ND with the heeler being Jesse Fredrickson of Upham, ND. Year-end buckle for header went to Jake Nelson of Quinn, SD with the heeler buckle to Jade Nelson (they are not partners) of Midland, SD. The average winners were Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD and John Graham of Piedmont, SD who were third on Saturday and first on Sunday; second was Preston Billadeau and Jesse Fredrickson with a first on Friday and Saturday and a third on Sunday; third was Jay Mattson of Deadwood, SD and Coy Thompson of Whitewood, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Saturday; and fourth was JB Lord and Seth Weishaar of Belle Fourche, SD, with a second on Saturday.

The rough stock awards are coveted by the stock contractors and are voted on by the contestants. Bareback Horse of the Year was #405 Pendleton owned by Schmidt Rodeo Company of Belle Fourche, SD. Bareback Horse of the Finals was #215 Kattle Bank owned by Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT. Saddle Bronc of the Year was Cocked N Ready owned by Broken Arrow Rodeo of Interior, SD. Saddle Bronc of the Finals was Smitty, owned by Pete Longbrake of Longbrake Rodeo, Dupree, SD. Bull of the Year was Paddle Foot from Wilson Rodeo Company of Kyle, SD. Bull of the Finals was #42 Sky High from Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT.

Winning All-Around Cowgirl is Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD. Winning Rookie Cowgirl is Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD.

All-Around Cowboy went to Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD. Rookie Cowboy went to Jade Nelson of Midland, SD.

The rodeo season and finals are wrapped up for 2009 and the annual meeting is over, so the NRCA cowboys and cowgirls will be tuning up in the winter months for the upcoming rodeo season, where they will hit it hard again for a chance to compete at the homeland of the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association in 2010.

The Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA) held its finals in Gillette, WY, Nov. 27-29. Contestants from Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming competed in a possible 44 rodeos in 2009 to qualify for the finals.

The finals being held in Gillette at the Cam-Plex is a perfect fit since the NRCA was formed in Campbell County. Since it’s beginning in 1947, the NRCA has grown to nearly 500 members from the five state region.

The NRCA finals are a fast paced, go-for-broke rodeo due to it being a “sudden death” competition. By that definition, anyone having a hot streak can potentially win the finals. The top 12 competitors in the 10 events come in with a set number of points due to their placing in the standings. For example, the 1st place competitor comes in with 12 points and it goes on down to the 12th place competitor having one point. Each contestant is able to gather more points during the finals three go-arounds, and the one with the most points wins the finals championship and the saddle. This can be confusing when one just looks at the average and finals winners and isn’t aware of the points coming into the finals and the bearing they have on the outcome.

The top money winner at the end of the year and finals is the year-end champion and wins the buckle.

In the Barebacks, Travis Sharp of Interior, SD won the average and the finals saddle, with Weston Garrett of Belle Fourche, SD winning the year end buckle. All four of the bareback average placings were on three head of stock, with Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD placing second after winning Friday’s round and splitting 1/2/3 on Saturday; third was Weston Garrett, and fourth was Jake Smith of Whitewood, SD, who split 1/2/3 in Saturday’s performance. They were really charging the good stock, as there was only a five point difference in the four on three head.

The Barrel Racing average and saddle winner was Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who was first in both Saturday and Sunday performances and was the fast time buckle winner as well, with a sizzling 13.853 run. Year end champion buckle went to Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD. Second in the average was Jaymi Meeks of Belle Fourche, SD, who placed fourth on Friday, third on Saturday, and second on Sunday; third was Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD, who had a second place run on Friday night; and fourth was Joey Painter of Buffalo, SD, who tragically had her great barrel horse collapse and die after a great run at the finals.

Bull Riding average and saddle winner was Ty Moncur of Belle Fourche, SD, the only guy to ride two out of three of the rank bulls. Year-end buckle winner was Thunder Boomer of Interior, SD, who also placed third in the average. Placing second in the average was Casey Cash of Gillette, WY, who had a first place ride on Sunday; and fourth was split between Garrett Vig of Newell, SD, who was third on Friday, and Keith Anderson of Belle Fourche, SD, who was second on Saturday.

Calf Roping average and saddle winner was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who placed in all three rounds with first on Friday, third on Saturday and first on Sunday. Year-end buckle winner was Justin Scofield of St. Lawrence, SD, who was first on Saturday and second on Sunday and second in the average. Third in the average was Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD, who was fourth on Sunday; fourth place was Troy Wilcox of Red Owl, SD, who was fourth on Friday.

Goat Tying was a clean sweep by Michelle Alley of Whitewood, SD, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle, and the average, with a third place run on Friday and a first on Sunday. Second place in the average was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, with a second on Saturday and a split for fourth on Sunday; Sarah Mullholland of Laramie, WY was third in the average with a fourth on Friday, while the fourth place in the average was split by Sunnie Reeves of Owanka, SD and Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who also had a first on Saturday.

Ladies Breakaway was dominated by Jacque Murray, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle. Fast-time buckle went to Misty McPherson of Piedmont, SD. First in the average was Kayla Nelson of Dickinson, ND, with a first on Saturday and a split for 2/3 on Sunday. Second in the average went to Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD with a second on Friday and 2/3 split on Saturday; third was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, who was first on Friday and first on Sunday; and fourth was Laura Hunt of Ridgeview, SD, who was fourth on Saturday and split 2/3 on Sunday.

The Saddle Broncs were rank with only two cowboys scoring on all three head. Winning the finals saddle and placing third in the average was Clay Schaeffer of Medora, ND who split 1/2 on Saturday and won first on Sunday. Winning the year-end buckle was Cole Hindman of Belvidere, SD, who also placed fourth in the average. Placing first in the average was Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD, who split 3/4 on Friday and placed second on Sunday; second was Travis Escott of Faith, SD placing third on Sunday. Kaden Deal of Dupree, SD won the Wild Ride and split ¾ on Friday.

Senior Men’s Breakaway finals saddle was won by Lowell Faris of Bowman, ND, who also won the average with a third place run on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Year-end buckle went to Steve Klein of Sioux Falls, SD, who won Sunday’s round. The fast-time buckle went to Marty Burress of Piedmont, SD. Second in the average was Bryce Sigman of Sturgis, SD who split 1/2 Saturday; third on two head was Chuck Nelson of Hartford, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Sunday; fourth on two head was Dick Halligan of Clearfield, SD with a fourth on Friday.

Steer Wrestling was swept by JB Lord of Piedmont, SD, who was the finals saddle winner, the year end buckle winner and won the average, with a first on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Fast-time buckle was won by Kody Woodward of Dupree, SD, who also was fourth in the average on two head, with a fourth on Saturday and a first on Sunday. Second in the average was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who had a third on Saturday; third was Jeremy Stadheim of Reeder, ND, who had a second on Saturday.

Team Roping has two ends to its story, and the finals saddle for header was won by Preston Billadeau of Parshall, ND with the heeler being Jesse Fredrickson of Upham, ND. Year-end buckle for header went to Jake Nelson of Quinn, SD with the heeler buckle to Jade Nelson (they are not partners) of Midland, SD. The average winners were Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD and John Graham of Piedmont, SD who were third on Saturday and first on Sunday; second was Preston Billadeau and Jesse Fredrickson with a first on Friday and Saturday and a third on Sunday; third was Jay Mattson of Deadwood, SD and Coy Thompson of Whitewood, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Saturday; and fourth was JB Lord and Seth Weishaar of Belle Fourche, SD, with a second on Saturday.

The rough stock awards are coveted by the stock contractors and are voted on by the contestants. Bareback Horse of the Year was #405 Pendleton owned by Schmidt Rodeo Company of Belle Fourche, SD. Bareback Horse of the Finals was #215 Kattle Bank owned by Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT. Saddle Bronc of the Year was Cocked N Ready owned by Broken Arrow Rodeo of Interior, SD. Saddle Bronc of the Finals was Smitty, owned by Pete Longbrake of Longbrake Rodeo, Dupree, SD. Bull of the Year was Paddle Foot from Wilson Rodeo Company of Kyle, SD. Bull of the Finals was #42 Sky High from Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT.

Winning All-Around Cowgirl is Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD. Winning Rookie Cowgirl is Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD.

All-Around Cowboy went to Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD. Rookie Cowboy went to Jade Nelson of Midland, SD.

The rodeo season and finals are wrapped up for 2009 and the annual meeting is over, so the NRCA cowboys and cowgirls will be tuning up in the winter months for the upcoming rodeo season, where they will hit it hard again for a chance to compete at the homeland of the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association in 2010.

The Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association (NRCA) held its finals in Gillette, WY, Nov. 27-29. Contestants from Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming competed in a possible 44 rodeos in 2009 to qualify for the finals.

The finals being held in Gillette at the Cam-Plex is a perfect fit since the NRCA was formed in Campbell County. Since it’s beginning in 1947, the NRCA has grown to nearly 500 members from the five state region.

The NRCA finals are a fast paced, go-for-broke rodeo due to it being a “sudden death” competition. By that definition, anyone having a hot streak can potentially win the finals. The top 12 competitors in the 10 events come in with a set number of points due to their placing in the standings. For example, the 1st place competitor comes in with 12 points and it goes on down to the 12th place competitor having one point. Each contestant is able to gather more points during the finals three go-arounds, and the one with the most points wins the finals championship and the saddle. This can be confusing when one just looks at the average and finals winners and isn’t aware of the points coming into the finals and the bearing they have on the outcome.

The top money winner at the end of the year and finals is the year-end champion and wins the buckle.

In the Barebacks, Travis Sharp of Interior, SD won the average and the finals saddle, with Weston Garrett of Belle Fourche, SD winning the year end buckle. All four of the bareback average placings were on three head of stock, with Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD placing second after winning Friday’s round and splitting 1/2/3 on Saturday; third was Weston Garrett, and fourth was Jake Smith of Whitewood, SD, who split 1/2/3 in Saturday’s performance. They were really charging the good stock, as there was only a five point difference in the four on three head.

The Barrel Racing average and saddle winner was Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who was first in both Saturday and Sunday performances and was the fast time buckle winner as well, with a sizzling 13.853 run. Year end champion buckle went to Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD. Second in the average was Jaymi Meeks of Belle Fourche, SD, who placed fourth on Friday, third on Saturday, and second on Sunday; third was Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD, who had a second place run on Friday night; and fourth was Joey Painter of Buffalo, SD, who tragically had her great barrel horse collapse and die after a great run at the finals.

Bull Riding average and saddle winner was Ty Moncur of Belle Fourche, SD, the only guy to ride two out of three of the rank bulls. Year-end buckle winner was Thunder Boomer of Interior, SD, who also placed third in the average. Placing second in the average was Casey Cash of Gillette, WY, who had a first place ride on Sunday; and fourth was split between Garrett Vig of Newell, SD, who was third on Friday, and Keith Anderson of Belle Fourche, SD, who was second on Saturday.

Calf Roping average and saddle winner was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who placed in all three rounds with first on Friday, third on Saturday and first on Sunday. Year-end buckle winner was Justin Scofield of St. Lawrence, SD, who was first on Saturday and second on Sunday and second in the average. Third in the average was Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD, who was fourth on Sunday; fourth place was Troy Wilcox of Red Owl, SD, who was fourth on Friday.

Goat Tying was a clean sweep by Michelle Alley of Whitewood, SD, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle, and the average, with a third place run on Friday and a first on Sunday. Second place in the average was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, with a second on Saturday and a split for fourth on Sunday; Sarah Mullholland of Laramie, WY was third in the average with a fourth on Friday, while the fourth place in the average was split by Sunnie Reeves of Owanka, SD and Nikki Steffes of Vale, SD, who also had a first on Saturday.

Ladies Breakaway was dominated by Jacque Murray, who won the finals saddle and the year-end buckle. Fast-time buckle went to Misty McPherson of Piedmont, SD. First in the average was Kayla Nelson of Dickinson, ND, with a first on Saturday and a split for 2/3 on Sunday. Second in the average went to Carole Hollers of Sturgis, SD with a second on Friday and 2/3 split on Saturday; third was Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD, who was first on Friday and first on Sunday; and fourth was Laura Hunt of Ridgeview, SD, who was fourth on Saturday and split 2/3 on Sunday.

The Saddle Broncs were rank with only two cowboys scoring on all three head. Winning the finals saddle and placing third in the average was Clay Schaeffer of Medora, ND who split 1/2 on Saturday and won first on Sunday. Winning the year-end buckle was Cole Hindman of Belvidere, SD, who also placed fourth in the average. Placing first in the average was Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD, who split 3/4 on Friday and placed second on Sunday; second was Travis Escott of Faith, SD placing third on Sunday. Kaden Deal of Dupree, SD won the Wild Ride and split ¾ on Friday.

Senior Men’s Breakaway finals saddle was won by Lowell Faris of Bowman, ND, who also won the average with a third place run on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Year-end buckle went to Steve Klein of Sioux Falls, SD, who won Sunday’s round. The fast-time buckle went to Marty Burress of Piedmont, SD. Second in the average was Bryce Sigman of Sturgis, SD who split 1/2 Saturday; third on two head was Chuck Nelson of Hartford, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Sunday; fourth on two head was Dick Halligan of Clearfield, SD with a fourth on Friday.

Steer Wrestling was swept by JB Lord of Piedmont, SD, who was the finals saddle winner, the year end buckle winner and won the average, with a first on Saturday and a second on Sunday. Fast-time buckle was won by Kody Woodward of Dupree, SD, who also was fourth in the average on two head, with a fourth on Saturday and a first on Sunday. Second in the average was Jason Schaffer of Broadus, MT, who had a third on Saturday; third was Jeremy Stadheim of Reeder, ND, who had a second on Saturday.

Team Roping has two ends to its story, and the finals saddle for header was won by Preston Billadeau of Parshall, ND with the heeler being Jesse Fredrickson of Upham, ND. Year-end buckle for header went to Jake Nelson of Quinn, SD with the heeler buckle to Jade Nelson (they are not partners) of Midland, SD. The average winners were Jason Thorstenson of Hermosa, SD and John Graham of Piedmont, SD who were third on Saturday and first on Sunday; second was Preston Billadeau and Jesse Fredrickson with a first on Friday and Saturday and a third on Sunday; third was Jay Mattson of Deadwood, SD and Coy Thompson of Whitewood, SD with a second on Friday and a fourth on Saturday; and fourth was JB Lord and Seth Weishaar of Belle Fourche, SD, with a second on Saturday.

The rough stock awards are coveted by the stock contractors and are voted on by the contestants. Bareback Horse of the Year was #405 Pendleton owned by Schmidt Rodeo Company of Belle Fourche, SD. Bareback Horse of the Finals was #215 Kattle Bank owned by Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT. Saddle Bronc of the Year was Cocked N Ready owned by Broken Arrow Rodeo of Interior, SD. Saddle Bronc of the Finals was Smitty, owned by Pete Longbrake of Longbrake Rodeo, Dupree, SD. Bull of the Year was Paddle Foot from Wilson Rodeo Company of Kyle, SD. Bull of the Finals was #42 Sky High from Big Circle Rodeo of Circle, MT.

Winning All-Around Cowgirl is Jacque Murray of Isabel, SD. Winning Rookie Cowgirl is Jessie Hapney of Mitchell, SD.

All-Around Cowboy went to Rollie Wilson of Buffalo, SD. Rookie Cowboy went to Jade Nelson of Midland, SD.

The rodeo season and finals are wrapped up for 2009 and the annual meeting is over, so the NRCA cowboys and cowgirls will be tuning up in the winter months for the upcoming rodeo season, where they will hit it hard again for a chance to compete at the homeland of the Northwest Ranch Cowboys Association in 2010.